There’s one last place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals left to be claimed, with Kilmarnock and Aberdeen meeting at Rugby Park on Tuesday night. The pair are pushing for a spot in the last four following their 1-1 draw 10 days ago, but just who will claim a victory this week? The Dons head here looking to repeat their run to the final of this competition from last season, while Kilmarnock are hoping their recent form is going to be enough to take them through to a semi-final meeting with Motherwell.
With Aberdeen in third, having been regular runners-up behind Celtic in recent years, you’d probably expect the Dons to make it to the last four. They have been made favourites in this trip, and a strong recent record against Kilmarnock seems to back that up. However, Killie proved in the last meeting that they aren’t the same side as they have been in recent years, with manager Steve Clarke performing way above expectations this season.
He has guided Killie in to fifth, and they’re now comfortably inside the top five following a 3-2 victory over Ross County at the weekend. They’re now unbeaten in nine matches, while Killie have won nine of their last 10 at home. They pit that record against a side who have lost four of their last six away games in this competition, while Clarke’s men are full of confidence after their great run. The home side have suffered one defeat since the start of December, which means they’ll be no pushovers here.
On the other hand, Aberdeen are going through a bit of a wobble. The visitors haven’t won in their previous four, while their only victory in five away was a win over bottom side Ross County. Aside from that victory, they failed to score in the other four trips. As they head to a side who are in great scoring form this week, that could be a worry for Derek McInnes. With Aberdeen struggling, we think the hosts are being undervalued here. We think Killie’s recent form should see them claim a victory. However, the hosts are still well priced to just avoid defeat, and we think Killie are worth backing on the double chance market.
A big part of Kilmarnock’s strength is the resurgence of Kris Boyd. The 34 year old has racked up 14 league goals, a feat he has only achieved once since the 2010/11 season. He’s scored 11 in his last 12 for the hosts, while he has scored nine in 10 home matches. He’s scored in their last two cup games, including hitting the net against Aberdeen in the first meeting between these two. With that in mind, we’re backing him to score again this weekend.
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